29 November 2009 | bkoganbing
A Very Silly Idea
This Canadian production sadly crosses the line between funny and silly and ends on the wrong side of it. Not even Doris Day in her many years as a professional virgin would have thought of something like this.
Ericka Durance after a good deal of ribbing from her friends about her being one of the remaining few who has not gotten married decides to strike what she thinks will be a blow for feminism. She announces she's going to get married, but to herself since no one satisfies her exacting standards for a mate quite like she does. This is probably a formula that narcissistic people all over the world should follow, but for Ericka this was just a moment of pique.
For a living Ericka restores and flips houses and on the job she meets for the first time her contractor's son, Paul Popowich. Now that's making her rethink the silly idea she's had, but by now it has mushroomed and a major TV program is going to sponsor the whole thing now. And what will Paul think when he finds out.
The players Popowich, Durance and the supporting cast are sincere enough and attractive enough, but life just isn't breathed into this whole silly idea. And I'm not sure why they decided to locate the film in Boston since it was shot in Toronto and Ottawa with an entire Canadian cast. Other than some lines about the Red Sox this could have taken place just about anywhere. Popowich's weekend job as tour guide could have been just as easily identified Canadian with him driving the horse and buggy as Isaac Brock for example. Did he have to be Paul Revere?
As an American, if I were Canadian I might just be a little put out at films that are shot in Canada all the time and then located in America. Even I could recognize parts of Toronto and Ottawa from both being there and newsreel films.
But mainly I Me Wed is just a very silly idea that might go for a half hour television comedy, but not a feature length film.